Europe is under pressure.  Croatia implements compulsory military service

Croatia It joins nine other EU countries in which it operates Compulsory military conscription. The idea was born in Zagreb as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine that began in February 2022.

Croatian Defense Minister Ivan Anusic It was announced that compulsory military service will come into effect as of January 1 of next year. This means returning to the old rules after 33 years.

The Minister explained that since 2008, when compulsory conscription ended, “All infrastructure and personnel have disappearedWho worked with recruiters.” So that’s all explained The initiative will be costlyBecause the buildings that can accommodate 18,000 people need to be rebuilt. young people annually.

Where is the compulsory military service?

The mentioned EU countries that implement compulsory military service are: Cyprus, Greece, Austria, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden and Denmark.

Among the countries on the continent that do not belong to the Brussels Community, they also carry out compulsory conscription into the army in Türkiye and Switzerland.

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The debate on offering such a solution is also ongoing In Italy, Germany and Great Britain.

currently In the Balkanswhich is not seen as a stable area on the map of Europe, None of the countries have yet implemented compulsory military service. However, its restoration was announced by the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic. This, in turn, could influence the decision taken by the authorities in Zagreb.

There are no people willing to join the army. overpay

Croatia suffers from a shortage of soldiers. Such references reached the media at the beginning of last year, when they were proposed by the local Ministry of Defense An 80 percent increase in compensation for those wishing to perform voluntary compulsory military service.

As a result of these measures, the wage was increased From 398 to 700 euros per month. This is the amount Croatian recruits are supposed to receive in the future.

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